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Over twenty-years have passed since the release of Larry Clark's controversial directorial debut, 'Kids'. Australian director Eddie Martinez explores the origins of Clark's film, realising how New York City's pre-gentrified slums, rampant illicit drug use and slacker skate culture shaped the directionless youths of the time, forming the basis of Clark's misogynistic, hedonist portrait. Critical and personal reflections of time and space are formed through mixed-media archive and present-day interviews to re-evaluate the film's socio-cultural standing. 'We Were Once Kids' clears the smoke of long-held mysteries and questions surrounding the film's infamous construction, and ultimately, the revelation of Clark's manipulation and exploitation of disadvantaged kids.
Ethan Coen helms his first fictional directorial effort, following two lesbian friends on an impromptu, sexually-freeing road trip to Florida's Tallahassee. Unbeknownst to them, a mysterious briefcase in the back of their car attracts the attention of a group of inept criminals hot on their trail. Nodding to a range of 1970s exploitation romances, while infusing the caper and the satirical, Coen, with screenwriting partner-wife, Tricia Cooke, paint a lean, queer portrait of a feminist liberal critique on conservative America, prodding and poking at male insecurity and its linkage to patriarchal ideals, while embracing the joy and fears that the road itself can surprisingly conjure.
'Former Cult Member Hears Music For The First Time', a short film by Kristoffer Borgli, hilariously critiques the ideals associated with film set etiquette, creative professionalism and pursuing art for art's sake. The short blends both the documentary and fictional form together well, catching viewers off-guard when the inciting incident occurs and keeping its narrative interest of the unfolding circumstance within the film's reality; where the characters, who are somewhat cliches, bump heads with each other, revealing their perspectives on the issue at hand.